The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The Story: Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
My Review: Mara Dyer has been in a horrible accident. Her best friend Rachel didn’t survive. Neither did Claire or her boyfriend Jude. Yet, Mara was somehow miraculously unharmed. And worse yet, Mara can’t remember anything that happened or why she was in the old crumbling building in the first place. After being threatened with medication and therapy by her protective mother, Mara convinces her family that a move is what she needs to get back to normal.
Not long after the move from Rhode Island to Florida, things begin to change for the worse. She can’t seem to escape the memories of her best friend and is convinced she’s going crazy. She is immediately disliked by the meanest girl in her new private school and the only friend she makes is an eccentric but lovable outcast. That is, until the hottest and most promiscuous guy in school latches on to her. No matter what she does, she can’t seem to shake him and eventually—and against her better judgment—she’s not sure she really wants to. And, well, when it comes to Noah, I’m not sure I’d want to either.
Eventually Mara begins to remember what happened to her and her best friend the night of the accident in Rhode Island. The result is a spine tingling mystery that has impeccable timing throughout the book.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is unforgettable. Every page is loaded with intelligent dialogue, heart-stopping suspense, and an immeasurable amount of perfection. Each character and scene is flawlessly written, so much so that the story seemed to come to life before my eyes. I could visualize each moment with stunning clarity. I could never seem to turn the pages fast enough, yet found myself continuously re-reading scenes just for the pure enjoyment of it. I could honestly find nothing at all about this story that could have been improved upon. I would normally balk at a book of this length (450 pages), but with Mara, I was begging for more by the time I flipped the last page. And that, of course, brings us to the ending of the book. It’s jaw-dropping. I was literally screaming at the book because it was over and that ending is just insane.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is without a doubt going to be a favorite all time book of mine. I cannot stop thinking about it months after finishing it. I am still running through the plot in my head and thinking about the characters. I am in love with Noah, feel Mara’s pain, and am absolutely dying to know what will happen next. It has been such a long time since I’ve read a book that I could instantly pick up and read again but this is one of those books. I will have to purchase multiple copies because I am sure I will wear them out over the coming years.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a force to be reckoned with. It’s everything I want a book to be: clever, witty, unique, dynamic and sexy. It’s one of a kind brilliance and I cannot wait to read more by this amazing new author.
My Rating: 5 HUGE STARS!